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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for More Counties

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:40

Numerous reports of wind damage, including tree and powerline damage, have been received as these storms have been passing through North and North Central Alabama.

There was just a report of a tree down on a house on Eastern Valley Road in the Bessemer area.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
BIBB COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
TALLADEGA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
COOSA COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
CHILTON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 945 PM CDT

* AT 838 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR LAKE WILDWOOD TO WEST BLOCTON TO 7 MILES
NORTHWEST OF WILTON TO NEAR CALERA TO NEAR WILSONVILLE TO LOGAN
MARTIN DAM…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 65 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
OXFORD…TALLADEGA…SYLACAUGA…PELL CITY…CLANTON…
CHILDERSBURG…BRENT…CENTREVILLE…JEMISON…WILSONVILLE…
GOODWATER…ROCKFORD…KELLYTON…TALLADEGA SPRINGS…
STEWARTVILLE…EQUALITY…WEOGUFKA…LINCOLN…RIVERSIDE AND
THORSBY.

Categories: Weather

Watch Canceled for Some Counties

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:39

The folllowing counties have been cleared from our two watches:

Blount, Etowah, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, St. Clair, Walker and Winston Counties.

Watch #427 continues for Autauga, Bibb, Chambers, Chilton, Clay, Coosa, Dallas, Elmore, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Randolph, Russell, Shelby, Sumter, Talladega, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa til 1:00 AM CDT.

Watch #424 continues for Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne til 10 p.m.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Jefferson County

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:21

The NWS has reissued the severe thunderstorm warning for Jefferson County since the storms are not out of the county as of yet.

Numerous trees are down across the county, including the Crestline, Mountain Brook and Homewood areas.

Wind gusts to 64 mph were measured at Jamestown Manor Drive and Main Street in Gardendale.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 820 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 6 MILES WEST OF ASHVILLE TO ARGO TO BIRMINGHAM TO
ENSLEY TO OAK GROVE TO BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT
55 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…BESSEMER…HOMEWOOD…
MOUNTAIN BROOK…TRUSSVILLE…HUEYTOWN…GARDENDALE…IRONDALE…
LEEDS…MOODY…FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…CENTER POINT…PLEASANT
GROVE…CLAY…PINSON…TARRANT AND MIDFIELD.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Shelby County

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 20:17

Thunderstorms that are producing widespread wind damage to trees and powerlines are moving into Shelby County.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SHELBY COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 915 PM CDT

* AT 815 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR MOODY TO BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK TO THE SUMMIT
TO BIRMINGHAM TO NORTH JOHNS TO NEAR BANKHEAD LOCK AND DAM…MOVING
SOUTH AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HOOVER…ALABASTER…PELHAM…HELENA…LEEDS…CALERA…CHELSEA…
MONTEVALLO…COLUMBIANA…WILSONVILLE…INDIAN SPRINGS VILLAGE…
VINCENT…HARPERSVILLE…WESTOVER…WILTON…GREYSTONE…OAK
MOUNTAIN STATE PARK…MAYLENE…SHELBY COUNTY AIRPORT AND MOUNT
LAUREL.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Tuscaloosa County

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:59

Our line of strong storms is entering northern Tuscaloosa County at ths hour. Tree and powerline damage will be likely as winds reach over 60 mph.

There will be lots of deadly lightning and brief heavy rain as well.

The storms will reach the Tuscaloosa/Northport areas around 8:45 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
TUSCALOOSA COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 758 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR WEST JEFFERSON TO 6 MILES SOUTH OF OAKMAN TO
BOLEY SPRINGS TO 9 MILES SOUTH OF BANKSTON TO NEAR ASHCRAFT
CORNER…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
TUSCALOOSA…NORTHPORT…HOLT…LAKE VIEW…BROOKWOOD…COALING…
VANCE…COKER…TUSCALOOSA AMPHITHEATER…LAKE WILDWOOD…MERCEDES
BENZ OF ALABAMA…BINION CREEK LANDING…BRYANT DENNY STADIUM…
SHELTON STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE…LAKE LURLEEN STATE PARK…
UNIVERSITY MALL…DEERLICK CREEK CAMPGROUNDS…BANKHEAD LOCK AND
DAM…ABERNANT AND TUSCALOOSA REGIONAL AIRPORT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
BUILDING.

&&

LAT…LON 3352 8767 3358 8767 3358 8763 3361 8762
3359 8732 3352 8732 3350 8727 3349 8733
3346 8734 3331 8716 3328 8707 3322 8710
3324 8714 3319 8720 3313 8720 3313 8728
3309 8731 3301 8732 3302 8783 3352 8784
TIME…MOT…LOC 0058Z 301DEG 52KT 3363 8712 3362 8738 3365 8752 3354
8772 3352 8784

HAIL…0.75IN
WIND…60MPH

$$

05/MA
BMX-23165

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Storms Approaching I-59 Corridor

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:54

We continue to receive reports of wind damage from the line of thunderstorms that is dropping southeastward tonight.

At 7:20 p.m., trees were reported down near Jasper on Brakefield Road, with one tree on a vehicle.

Trees were reported down at 7:26 at Winfield in Marion County. Trees were also reported in Gu-Win in Marion County about 7:18.

In Blount County, trees were reported down near Brooksville in Blount County, near Highways 79/278.

At 7:50, the leading edge of the storms extend from Snead to Blountsville to Sipsey to Jasper to Vernon.

They are pushing southeast at 30 mph or so.

They will reach Ashville by 8:15-8:30, Birmingham about the same time, and Tuscaloosa a little after 9 p.m.

Damaging winds will be the threat, but remember, the storms have tremendous lightning as well. They will also produce brief heavy rainfall.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Birmingham (Blount/Jefferson)

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:32

Strong thunderstorms are lined up in an arc across Cullman County into northern Walker COunty near Jasper. They have a history of producing wind damage including downed trees.

They will reach downtown Birmingham by 8:15 p.m.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
JEFFERSON COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
BLOUNT COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 830 PM CDT

* AT 731 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM BROOKSVILLE TO NEAR NECTAR TO NEAR BLOUNT SPRINGS TO
NEAR ARKADELPHIA TO NEAR PARRISH TO 6 MILES SOUTH OF CARBON HILL…
MOVING SOUTH AT 50 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
BIRMINGHAM…HOOVER…VESTAVIA HILLS…BESSEMER…HOMEWOOD…
MOUNTAIN BROOK…TRUSSVILLE…HUEYTOWN…GARDENDALE…IRONDALE…
LEEDS…MOODY…FAIRFIELD…FULTONDALE…ONEONTA…BLOUNTSVILLE…
CLEVELAND…DALLAS…CENTER POINT AND PLEASANT GROVE.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:30

Numerous trees were reported down 5 miles NNW of Cullman at 7:16 p.m. tonight.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 800 PM CDT

* AT 729 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM STRAWBERRY TO NEAR SMITH DAM…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT
25 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…SMITH
DAM…BAILEYTON…GARDEN CITY…FAIRVIEW AND COLONY.

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Watch County Notification

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:29

This is the text of a severe warning from the National Weather Service for part of the AlabamaWX.com coverage area. Standby for more details to be added to this post by our meteorologists.
WWUS64 KBMX 150028
WCNBMX

WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION FOR WATCHES 424/427
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
728 PM CDT TUE JUL 14 2015

ALC001-007-017-021-027-037-047-051-063-065-081-085-087-091-101-
105-107-111-113-117-119-121-123-125-150600-
/O.NEW.KBMX.SV.A.0427.150715T0028Z-150715T0600Z/

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
427 IN EFFECT UNTIL 1 AM CDT WEDNESDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 24 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

AUTAUGA BIBB CHILTON
COOSA DALLAS ELMORE
LOWNDES MONTGOMERY PERRY
SHELBY TALLADEGA

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CHAMBERS CLAY LEE
MACON RANDOLPH RUSSELL
TALLAPOOSA

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

GREENE HALE MARENGO
PICKENS SUMTER TUSCALOOSA

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALABASTER…ALEXANDER CITY…
ALICEVILLE…ASHLAND…AUBURN…BRENT…CARROLLTON…
CENTREVILLE…CLANTON…COLUMBIANA…DEMOPOLIS…EUTAW…
FORT DEPOSIT…GREENSBORO…LANETT…LINDEN…LINEVILLE…
LIVINGSTON…LOWNDESBORO…MARION…MILLBROOK…MONTGOMERY…
MOUNDVILLE…OPELIKA…PELHAM…PHENIX CITY…PRATTVILLE…
ROANOKE…ROCKFORD…SELMA…SYLACAUGA…TALLADEGA…TUSCALOOSA…
TUSKEGEE…UNIONTOWN…VALLEY…WETUMPKA AND YORK.

$$

ALC009-015-019-029-055-057-073-075-093-115-127-133-150300-
/O.CON.KBMX.SV.A.0424.000000T0000Z-150715T0300Z/

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 424 REMAINS VALID UNTIL 10 PM CDT THIS
EVENING FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS

IN ALABAMA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 12 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL ALABAMA

BLOUNT JEFFERSON ST. CLAIR
WALKER

IN EAST CENTRAL ALABAMA

CALHOUN CLEBURNE

IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA

CHEROKEE ETOWAH

IN NORTHWEST ALABAMA

MARION WINSTON

IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA

FAYETTE LAMAR

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ANNISTON…BIRMINGHAM…CENTRE…
FAYETTE…GADSDEN…HALEYVILLE…HAMILTON…HEFLIN…HOOVER…
JACKSONVILLE…JASPER…MOODY…ONEONTA…PELL CITY…
SULLIGENT AND VERNON.

$$
BMX-21859

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Lamar, Walker and Fayette

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 19:10

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
LAMAR COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WALKER COUNTY IN CENTRAL ALABAMA…
FAYETTE COUNTY IN WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 709 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF AMORY TO NEAR DETROIT TO GUIN
TO NEAR GLEN ALLEN TO CAMP MCDOWELL TO 6 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HELICON
TO GOOD HOPE…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 55 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
JASPER…WINFIELD…FAYETTE…SUMITON…CORDOVA…DORA…CARBON
HILL…VERNON…SULLIGENT…MILLPORT…BERRY…PARRISH…OAKMAN…
GLEN ALLEN…KENNEDY…SIPSEY…WEST JEFFERSON…DETROIT…KANSAS
AND NAUVOO.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cullman County

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:59

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 730 PM CDT

* AT 658 PM CDT…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR SARDIS…OR
13 MILES NORTHWEST OF CULLMAN…MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 30 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…EXPECT CONSIDERABLE TREE DAMAGE. DAMAGE IS LIKELY TO
MOBILE HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
CULLMAN…HANCEVILLE…GOOD HOPE…HOLLY POND…DODGE CITY…
SARDIS…BALDWIN…VINEMONT…BAILEYTON AND WEST POINT.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Marion/Winston

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:43

And a severe thunderstorm warning from the NWS Birmingham for Marion and Winston Counties.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BIRMINGHAM HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
MARION COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…
WINSTON COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 745 PM CDT

* AT 642 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR TRINITY TO 6 MILES NORTHEAST OF PHIL CAMPBELL
TO NEAR BELGREEN TO NEAR RED BAY…MOVING SOUTH AT 40 MPH.

HAZARD…70 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT CONSIDERABLE
TREE DAMAGE. WIND DAMAGE IS ALSO LIKELY TO MOBILE
HOMES…ROOFS AND OUTBUILDINGS.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HAMILTON…WINFIELD…HALEYVILLE…LYNN…ARLEY…GUIN…
HACKLEBURG…DOUBLE SPRINGS…BRILLIANT…ADDISON…GLEN ALLEN…
NAUVOO…GU-WIN…SARDIS…CAMP MCDOWELL…HELICON…BRUSHY LAKE…
SMITH LAKE…ASHBANK AND INMANFIELD.

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Cullman County

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:43

The first North Central Alabama warning has been issued for Cullman County as our line of intense storms pushes southward.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR…
SOUTHWESTERN MADISON COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
SOUTHEASTERN LIMESTONE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
MORGAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…
WEST CENTRAL MARSHALL COUNTY IN NORTHEASTERN ALABAMA…
NORTHEASTERN CULLMAN COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 715 PM CDT

* AT 642 PM CDT…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE
EXTENDING FROM NEAR REDSTONE ARSENAL TO DECATUR…MOVING SOUTH AT
35 MPH.

HAZARD…60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.

SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED.

IMPACT…HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE
TO ROOFS…SIDING AND TREES.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE…
HUNTSVILLE…DECATUR…MADISON…HARTSELLE…ARAB…REDSTONE
ARSENAL…PRICEVILLE…OWENS CROSS ROADS…FALKVILLE AND TRIANA.

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Storms Into North Alabama

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 18:14

Our intense line of showers and storms is into North Alabama at this hour and is pushing south and southeast at about 35-40 mph.

Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect for northeastern Mississippi, including Fulton and Tupelo. The NWS Huntsville has gone with a Significant Weather Alert instead of a warning for counties like Colbert, Lauderdale, Franklin and Lawrence. The activity over northern Mississippi is associated with an MCS that has produced numerous reports of wind damage including a 65 mph wind gust near Memphis.

These storms will reach Marion County a little after 7 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for the Huntsville and Decatur areas.

Mesoscale modeling indicates that the storms will weaken as they cross US-278 and enter North Central Alabama, but the activity enter northwestern Alabama may be able to hold together better as is pushes southeastward. It looks like everything will reach the I-20 corridor around 9 p.m. Here is the latest HRRR depiction of the line’s progress:

Damaging winds will be the threat.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues for North and North Central Alabama until 10 p.m.

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued for North/North Central Alabama

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 16:06

The SPC has issued a Severe thunderstorm Watch for North Alabama. It will be in effect until 10 p.m.

Central Alabama Counties include: Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Cleburne, Etowah, Fayette, Jefferson, Lamar, Marion, St. Clair, Walker and Winston.

North Alabama Counties include: Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall and Morgan.

Severe thunderstorms are lined up in an almost continuous line across Tennessee from west to east. Severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect along the line.

Here is the composite radar with the warnings:

The storms are expected to weaken as they move out of the Tennessee Valley and into North Central Alabama, but sometimes these systems can take control of their own destiny with the development of a cold pool aloft, becoming a mesoscale convective system.

A significant damaging wind threat is approaching the Memphis area. Lots of reports of trees down upstream of the Memphis area.

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Strong Storms Tonight

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 15:28

RADAR CHECK: All eyes are on the strong storms over Tennessee dropping southward; these will enter North Alabama this evening with potential for strong straight line winds and some hail.

SPC maintains an “enhanced” severe weather risk for the northeast corner of the state, and a “slight” risk down to Birmingham tonight. The core severe weather threat tonight will be along and north of U.S. 278, or north of a line from Hamilton to Cullman to Gadsden, but isolated severe storms are possible down to I-20.

TOMORROW: SPC has a “marginal” severe weather risk defined for most of Alabama; storms tomorrow will be scattered in nature, but where they do form, they will be strong. Otherwise, expect a mix of sun and clouds with a high in the low to mid 90s.

THURSDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: The upper high grows stronger, and accordingly our weather will be hot, hazy, humid, and mostly dry. Understand we will have thunderstorms around each afternoon, but they will be isolated, and the chance of any one spot getting wet will be in the 20 percent bracket. Afternoon highs will be in the mid to upper 90s as we approach the climatological peak of the summer heat in late July and early August.

NEXT WEEK: No overall change; hot hazy days, fair nights, and the risk of isolated afternoon storms. Highs will stay in the 90s. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days and fair nights on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with the risk of an occasional passing thunderstorm. Highs on the immediate coast will be in the 87 to 90 degree range, with mid 90s inland. The sea water temperature this afternoon at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab is a warm 88 degrees.

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Claudette is becoming “post tropical” in the colder water of the North Atlantic, and will impact Nova Scotia tomorrow. The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40.

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I enjoyed seeing the kids at South Shelby Baptist Church today in Calera… be looking for them on the Pepsi KIDCAM today at 5:00 on ABC 33/40 News! The next Weather Xtreme video will be posted here by 7:00 a.m. tomorrow…

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Strong Storms Possible Later Today/Tonight

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 06:42

ON THE MAPS: An upper high is anchored over Texas and Oklahoma this morning, and the “ring of fire” effect is in full force, with areas of storms rotating clockwise around the big anti-cyclone. Strong storms this morning are moving down through East Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee, and the western part of North Carolina; these won’t effect Alabama.

Our day will be hot, hazy, and humid… most communities reach the mid 90s again this afternoon with dew points up in the 70s, making the heat rather oppressive.

ACTIVE STORMS POSSIBLE: The guys at SPC (the Storm Prediction Center) maintain an “enhanced” severe weather risk for the northeast corner of Alabama, with the standard “slight” risk down to Birmingham, and a “marginal” risk down into the southern counties of the state for this afternoon and tonight.

Storms will begin to form across the northern third of Alabama this afternoon, and the door will remain open for active weather tonight as the heat ridges shifts to the west, and a northerly flow aloft sets up the risk of storms to move into our state from Tennessee.

The primary threat from the stronger storms will come from gusty winds; a wet microburst or two is possible (localized areas of strong straight line winds capable of knocking down trees and power lines). Small hail is possible as well, and of course, all summer storms pack some very vivid lightning.

High resolution model data hints that storms could linger well past midnight through parts of North Alabama. Still, it won’t rain everywhere, but where storms do form just know that will probably pack a punch this afternoon and tonight.

TOMORROW THROUGH FRIDAY: The ridge slowly builds back in from the west, so the weather will stay hot and humid with partly sunny days, fair nights, and the risk of a “pop up” late afternoon or evening thunderstorm in a few spots. Highs will be mostly in the 94 to 98 degree range.

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: We are getting into the hottest part of summer, so highs stay in the mid 90s over the weekend with only isolated afternoon storms around. Lots of hazy sunshine, and the humidity stays high.

And, no real sign of any change next week; just the good ole dog days of summer. See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights through the weekend with the risk of a brief storm from time to time to spice things up. Highs on the immediate coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores will stay between 87 and 90 degrees, with mid 90s inland. Sea water temperatures are mostly in the mid 80s.

Below is a shot of a passing storm early this morning at Panama City Beach… photo from @wxjoules

TROPICS: Tropical Storm Claudette will become “post tropical” today as it moves northeast over colder water in the Atlantic, well east of Maine… it will impact the Canadian maritimes tomorrow. The rest of the Atlantic basin is very quiet.

WEATHER BRAINS: Don’t forget you can listen to our weekly 90 minute netcast anytime on the web, or on iTunes. This is the show all about weather featuring many familiar voices, including our meteorologists here at ABC 33/40. Scroll down for the show notes on the new episode we recorded last night.

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I will be doing a weather program today at the South Shelby Baptist Learning Center in Calera for a summer camp for kids… look for the next Weather Xtreme video here by 4:00 this afternoon. Enjoy the day!

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WeatherBrains 494: My Wife is Playing Poker

Tue, 07/14/2015 - 05:15

WeatherBrains Episode 494 is now online (July 13, 2015). If you are crazy about weather, this is THE netcast audio program for you!

Geoff Fox had been with WTNH for 27 years, and did a brief stint at Fox CT before moving across the country to Palm Springs Ca , where I hear this time of year the average high is 107 degrees!

Other discussions in this weekly podcast include topics like:

  • Extremes: 116 at Death Valley, CA, and 36 at Truckee, CA
  • TS Claudette formed off North Carolina coast
  • Claudette soon to be post tropical
  • 700+ mile squall line across Ohio Valley
  • Death ridge over Texas
  • Eastern Pacific has Hurricane Dolores and TS Enrique
  • and more!
  • Our email bag officer is continuing to handle the incoming messages from our listeners.

    From The Weather Center:

    WeatherBrains 101: Thanks to a tweet from a WeatherBrains fan for the topic for this episode of 101. We take a look at those interesting circles sometimes seen on the NWS Doppler radar network around dawn sometimes referred to as roosting rings.

    Listener Surveys: Okay, we continue to drive this topic into the ground, but we really do like to hear from you. Many thanks to everyone who has taken the time to fill out the Listener Survey. The survey takes just a minute or two to complete and provides us with an opportunity to learn where you are and hear your thoughts and comments on the show. Click here to take the survey.

    Web Sites from Episode 494:

    Geoff Fox Blog

    KMIR-TV weather web site

    Full Geoff Fox biography

    Wings of Carolina Flying Club

    NASA television

    To subscribe to the brand new SkyWritings, an email newsletter from the WeatherBrains gang, click HERE.

    Picks of the Week:

    Geoff Fox – Bufkit plug

    Nate Johnson – Japan’s new weather satellite

    Brian Peters – Twitter posting from SPC

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    Hot Summer Days; Isolated Storms

    Mon, 07/13/2015 - 15:30

    MUST BE JULY IN ALABAMA: Temperatures are actually pretty close to average values for mid-July this afternoon, with generally low to mid 90s…

    And, as you might expect, we have a few isolated storms on radar moving southeast. Nothing widespread or especially heavy so far.

    TOMORROW: Pretty much the same setup, although SPC has the northern third of the state under the standard “slight risk” of severe storms, with a “marginal risk” down into South Alabama.

    Most of the day will be hot and dry with a high in the mid 90s and a few isolated storms, but the high resolution NAM model continues to suggest an organized band of storms will arrive late tomorrow night, impacting mainly areas along and north of I-20. The main window for this will come from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., and the main threat will come from strong straight line winds.

    WEDNESDAY THROUGH THE WEEKEND: Very typical weather for mid to late July in Alabama. Hot, hazy days, fair nights, a few isolated showers and storms, mainly during the afternoon and evening hours. Highs will be mostly in the mid 90s. There will be small variations in the placement and coverage of afternoon storms, but this is determined by mesoscale features, and can’t be identified far in advance. The chance of any one spot seeing a storm each afternoon will remain in the 20-30 percent range.

    See the Weather Xtreme video for maps, graphics, and more details.

    AT THE BEACH: Mostly sunny days, fair nights on the Gulf Coast from Panama City Beach west to Gulf Shores through the weekend, with an occasional passing storm. Highs on the immediate coast between 87 and 90, with mid 90s likely inland.

    CLAUDETTE FORMS: All of a sudden we have a tropical storm in the Atlantic; Claudette formed earlier today off the East Coast of the U.S… it is moving quickly to the northeast, and is no threat to the U.S. mainland. It will arrive as a post-tropical storm across the Canadian maritimes by Wednesday.

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    Tropical Storm Claudette Forms

    Mon, 07/13/2015 - 12:10

    The low pressure system off the Mid-Atlantic Coast has become organized enough to be named Tropical Storm Claudette. Top winds are 50 mph. Further strengthening is not expected. In fact, it will weaken before it brushes Nova Scotia Tuesday night and makes landfall in Newfoundland on Wednesday morning.

    The storm is no threat to the U.S.

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